The City of Charlotte has created the Shared Streets program, a solution to the influx of people using our streets, to allow people to safely get outside while staying 6 feet away from each other. “Shared Streets is intended to support outdoor exercise; create a safer environment for people walking, wheelchair rolling, and biking; and promote physical distancing of at least 6 feet by identifying low-speed Neighborhood streets as ‘Shared Streets’” the city wrote on its website.
Although streets included in the Shared Streets program will be closed to thru-traffic, emergency vehicles and resident vehicles will be allowed access.
Two Shared Streets for the Dilworth Community
- Romany Road, the street that goes along Latta Park, from Euclid Avenue to Kenilworth Avenue
- From the end of one our favorite neighborhood parks, Freedom Park, the Shared Streets program allows for a continuation of the park trails onto Jameston Drive/ Irby Drive/ Westfield Drive to Brandywine
In order to be eligible to be Shared Street, the speed limit must be 30 mph or less, the street should be an existing bike route or greenway connector, or provide a nearby route to an existing park or greenway to extend the route. They should also be long enough to support responsible social distancing for at least 1/2 a mile and useful for exercise.
What Dilworth streets would you like to see added to Shared Streets?